Caleb Wong

Viola

Hometown: Hong Kong
Alma maters: Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Musical origins: I started at 5 on the violin, and then I started playing viola in high school in chamber groups. But my official switch didn’t come until my second year of college. My parents support my decision a lot because they think I would never practice those terrible high notes at home again.
How did you hear about TŌN? I heard about TŌN from friends who were in the orchestra and enjoyed it a lot. I feel like it is going to be a great place to learn and develop myself to be a better musician and person.
Favorite piece to play: Smetana String Quartet No. 1 “From My Life”
Favorite obscure piece: Bruckner’s String Quartet
Favorite composer fact: Handel and Bach were both blinded by the same “surgeon,” John Taylor.
Which composer would have had the best social media: Mozart
Favorite fact about your instrument: Everyone talks down on the viola, but they love it in the bottom of their heart.
Favorite non-classical musician: Japanese pop band Mr. Children, Singaporean pop singer Steganie Sun, and a cappella group Pentatonix
Musical guilty pleasure: Cantonese Rap
Best music to have on repeat: The music that I am working on
Favorite non-musical activity: Soccer, swimming, and stargazing
Favorite painting: The Pyramids of Port Coton by Claude Monet
Time travel destination: Probably back to when I was born so that I can experience my own life the same way again.

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